By: Yuritza Arroyo
This past Monday, November 21st, North Bergen once again held their annual turkey giveaway, giving out over 2500 turkeys, 1500 pernil, and other holiday food items to Township residents.
According to officials, the holiday food items were paid for with donations and funding from the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation, NB C.A.R.E.S, and the North Bergen Housing Authority.
“This event is a great way to bring the community together every year,” said North Bergen Mayor Sacco.
“We are thankful that we are able to do this as a Township, and I am especially grateful to our NB C.A.R.E.S Director Aimee Focaraccio for coordinating this wonderful event - in addition to all of the other great work her organization does to help those in crisis.”
“With rising food costs, inflation, and other post-pandemic stressors impacting families, we want to do everything we can to lessen their burden,” said NB C.A.R.E.S Coordinator Aimee Focaraccio.
“This event is a tremendous success every year thanks to support from the Township, the Nicholas J Sacco Foundation, the Housing Authority, as well as the volunteers who show up to assist residents young and old get their turkeys.”
NB C.A.R.E.S. was launched in 2013 to help the victims of fires or other disasters.
They are involved in numerous community events and activities throughout the year, providing resources for residents of all ages.
One of the program's main components is the Emergency Relief Center, which is fully stocked with food, clothing, toiletries, bedding, etc., to assist vulnerable families in emergencies.
Stocking the center is a collaborative effort between the township, donors, local businesses, and drivers.